October 22, 2014


EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of another methane seep on West Divide Creek

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Guest post by Lisa Bracken In August, on our property, I noted the emergence of a new seep along the bank and discharging into the waters of West Divide Creek. I’ve been observing it since then and notified the COGCC and others of the activity on the 20th of this month. My correspondence with them […]

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October 19, 2014


Task force meeting/tour was “clearly a violation” of Sunshine Law

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As you recall on Thursday three members of Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s blue ribbon task force paid a visit to Battlement Mesa/Parachute. Task force co-chair Gwen Lachelt and members Sara Barwinski and Russell George were treated to a tour of 3 well pads. Before the tour, a meeting was held. The meeting wasn’t […]

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October 18, 2014


Fracking Diaries

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Guest post by Phil Doe* The headline should have read, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Representative Jared Polis deny public vote on fracking with last minute deal giving backyard fracking the continued green light in Colorado. Instead Lynn Bartels, reporting in the hedge fund-owned Denver Post, gushed that a grand compromise had been struck. […]

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October 17, 2014


Task force members tour local gaspatch


Today the Daily Sentinel reported that three members of Governor Hickenlooper’s task force visited Battlement Mesa and Parachute on Thursday (10/16). Task force co-chair Gwen Lachelt and members Sara Barwinski and Russell George were treated to “a tour that included an Ursa well pad just outside Battlement Mesa and two WPX pads inside the nearby […]

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October 15, 2014


Oil and Gas Task Force schedule revised

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The Oil & Gas Task Force meetings schedule has been revised Oil & Gas Task Force website  At present, these future meetings are scheduled: Longmont (location TBA) on November 20-21 Rifle on December 10-11 Greeley on January 15-16 Denver on February 2-3 Denver on February 24 Click here for the schedule of past meetings and future meetings. […]

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October 11, 2014


Task force cancels Rifle meeting

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Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s blue ribbon oil & gas task force met in Durango on Thursday and Friday. The only decision they reached is that they will not meet in Rifle on November 5-6, as previously scheduled. The group decided to move to the Front Range to work in communities where fracking was […]

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October 8, 2014


Fracking just got worse for your health

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13th Report on Carcinogens adds four new chemicals to the cancer list – Fracking just got worse for your health* By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC The National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens – the nation’s authoritative public list of substances “known” or “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer in humans – added four chemicals, […]

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October 6, 2014


Democrats sold us out years ago

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I’ll keep it short today because this report is really long. Read it. It clears up any lingering confusion left over from the August 4 Hickenlooper and Polis scheme to kill the ballot initiatives and form a task force. Three Boulder Weekly reporters promised to get to the bottom of it and answer the question: why […]

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October 3, 2014


Battlement Mesa residents alarmed at Ursa’s drilling plans

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The Ursa community meeting at Battlement Mesa/Parachute this week was decidedly more contentious than the Silt meeting. On Wednesday night, residents voiced their objections and offered recommendations in person and via written statement regarding the operator’s plans to drill inside the community’s PUD. Ursa plans to construct two well pads within the PUD boundaries. The […]

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October 2, 2014


Lightning sparked explosion, fire at Encana well pad

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Today The Daily Sentinel reported that lightning struck an Encana well pad located in the High Mesa area southwest of Parachute on Saturday, September 27. The lightning strike caused explosions and fires in two separate tanks. The amount of fluids released into the air and spilled onto the ground during the incident remains unclear. According […]

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